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Jazz coach Quin Snyder sends message to fans amid coronavirus crisis

Jazz, Quin Snyder, Rudy Gobert, Donovan Mitchell

Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder sent a message to the fans eight days after the NBA 2019-20 season came to a stop after Adam Silver suspended it indefinitely.

Jazz big man Rudy Gobert was the first NBA player to test positive for the coronavirus, prompting the league to take swift action to prevent the spread of this malady. Teammate Donovan Mitchell also tested positive, while the rest of the team and staff were negative.

Snyder thanked Jazz fans for the support:

“The response from people in our community toward our players and staff over the last week has been truly inspiring and amazing,” said Snyder in a statement. “On behalf of our entire team, I just wanted to convey deep gratitude for such support and concern. We are not surprised by the response, as it just reiterates what we know, appreciate and embrace about this great community. But during extraordinary times like this, it is certainly reassuring and profound.

“Team has always been our identity, and that extends to all within the state of Utah. We will navigate these uncharted waters together.”

The Jazz were initially hit hard with news of Gobert’s positive test, as he received a lot of scrutiny for his immature behavior only days before the news. Even Mitchell admitted he was annoyed with Gobert’s behavior after he received his own positive test, though the hope is the two stars will be able to most past this.

Since those initial positives, Detroit Pistons big man Christian Wood, Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant and three other Nets have tested positive themselves.

The confirmed cases and death toll continue to go up in the United States, and the NBA is doing its part to spread awareness to combat the spread of this pandemic.